What names could be in the mix for the Lions today?

Posted Apr 26, 2013

After taking DE Ziggy Ansah fifth-overall, Tim Twentyman breaks down the possibilities for the Lions in the second and third rounds

The Lions have picks No. 36 and No. 65 later on today.

They're also in a good spot to trade down and add picks if there's a run on quarterbacks Geno Smith, Matt Barkley or Ryan Nassib later today.

Names like Manti Te'o and Eddie Lacy could spur some movement, too.

If the Lions decide to stay put at No. 36, there are a number of impact players who could fit at positions of need:

• Larry Warford, G, Kentucky -- Warford could be an immediate starter at a position of need for the Lions. He's a road-grader at 332 pounds.

• Brian Winters, G, Kent State -- The Lions brought him in for a pre-draft visit and like his versatility. He played tackle at Kent State, but made a seamless transition to guard starting at the Senior Bowl.

• Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee -- The Lions have a need for a receiver to stretch the field opposite Calvin Johnson. Hunter fits the mold. Could the Lions draft a receiver in the second round for a third-straight year?

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• Robert Woods, WR, USC -- Like Hunter, Woods was one of the Lions' 30 allotted pre-draft visits. He has the speed and route-running ability to step in right away and be a contributor.

• Menelik Watson, T, Florida State -- The Lions missed out on one of the top tackles in the draft. They feel comfortable with Riley Reiff at left tackle, but could add a talented -- yet raw -- tackle in Watson, who's played just two years of football. Big upside.

• Terron Armstead, T, Arkansas-Pine Bluff -- He blew everyone away at the NFL Scouting Combine back in February and is the most athletic tackle left in the draft.

 Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State -- He was the fastest cornerback at the NFL combine and fits the size profile for the Lions (6-0, 192). There are some concerns about a recent knee injury he suffered. The Lions brought him to Allen Park on a pre-draft visit.

• Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State -- Might just be the best all-around cornerback still available. He had four interceptions at Boise State.

• John Cyprien, S, Florida International -- Cyprien was impressive at the Senior Bowl. He plays a very similar style to Louis Delmas, who went to the same high school as Cyprien and is a mentor of his. The Lions could always use depth at safety.

• Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford -- Ertz is the second-best tight end in this draft. Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler are entering the final year of their contracts, and Ertz could help stretch the field in 2013 and be a long-term solution at the position.

• Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame -- Lions general manager Martin Mayhew had nothing but good things to say about Te'o after his pre-draft visit. The runner up for the Heisman Trophy last year, Te'o is considered by many to be the best middle linebacker in the draft. The Lions have Stephen Tulloch, but lost Justin Durant in free agency this offseason. The biggest question is whether the Lions think Te'o can play outside.

• Cornellius "Tank" Carradine, DE, Florida State -- The Lions selected a defensive end No. 5 overall, but could still use talent and depth there. Carradine would have been a first-round pick if not for the torn right ACL he suffered last fall. He had 11 sacks in 12 games as a senior.

• Margus Hunt, DE, SMU -- A freakish athlete at 6-foot-8, Hunt would continue the recent trend of the Lions collecting versatile edge rushers.

• Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M -- Once thought to be a candidate for the No. 1-overall pick, Moore saw his stock drop after a poor Combine. He's a speed rusher, who had 12.5 sacks in the SEC last year.

• Alex Okafor, DE, Texas -- Has good size and strength and projects as a strong-side defensive end in a 4-3. Has a solid all-around game and recorded 12.5 sacks as a senior last year.

NOTE: Lawrence Jackson signs with Vikings

On the same day the Lions drafted defensive end Ziggy Ansah with the No. 5-overall pick, free agent defensive end Lawrence Jackson confirmed via Twitter that he agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings.

"Can't say it enough, thank you, thank you, thank you LIONS FANS...u were good to me. #LJSP still lives on!!!!" Jackson said via his Twitter page.

Jackson, 27, is a five-year veteran who had 13 sacks in three seasons with the Lions.